Tanzanian-flagged ship fights off pirates: US Navy

Last Updated: Monday, February 22, 2010 - 23:22

Dubai: The US Navy says the crew of a Tanzanian-flagged ship has successfully fought off a pirate attack in the Gulf of Aden before a US warship arrived and apprehended the pirates.

The Navy`s 5th Fleet, which is based in Bahrain, UAE, said on Monday the MV Barakaale 1 signalled for help from the international anti-pirate task force after pirates tried to board the vessel from a skiff.

The statement said the American destroyer USS Farragut dispatched a helicopter that gave chase to the pirate skiff, firing warning shots across its bow that brought it to a halt.

Sailors from the USS Farragut then boarded the pirate vessel and detained the eight men on board.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, February 22, 2010 - 23:22
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